London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
DICKENS, Charles (1812-1870). Two autograph letters signed to Raikes Currie, Folkestone, 8 and 10 August 1855, in both cases regretfully declining invitations: 'We have been over to Boulogne ... Our having some friends on a visit here prevents us from enjoying the pleasure [your note] proposes us', 'I am very sorry to have missed you and your son Vernon ... After a morning's work, I was ravaging the Downs at a great pedestrian rate when you called', together 3 pages, 8vo (traces of seals), tipped in to: Charles Dickens. David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. Green morocco-backed boards, spine gilt. Provenance. Laurence Currie (ex libris label on inside upper cover).
Dickens had transferred his summer quarters from Broadstairs, which was becoming too noisy, to Folkestone in the summer of 1855.
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